September 21, 2015 1:36PM

Federal Bureaucratic Failure

The federal government spends almost $4 trillion a year. It has hundreds of agencies and runs more than 2,300 subsidy programs. It employs 2.1 million civilian workers, 1.4 million uniformed military personnel, and 560,000 postal workers. It is a huge organization.


It also fails a lot and is increasingly distrusted. One new Gallup poll finds that three‐​quarters of Americans think that government corruption is widespread, while another shows that half of Americans believe that the federal government is a threat to our freedom.


A new essay, “Bureaucratic Failure in the Federal Government,” at Down​siz​ing​Gov​ern​ment​.org examines structural features of the executive branch that cause federal failure and help to engender such a dim view from the public.